Is Gohmert Playing Politics or Playing to Win?

No one was more excited than I when Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX) announced on Fox and Friends his candidacy for Speaker of the House, running against Rep. John Boehner (OH).

FINALLY, someone with the country’s best interest at heart along with a clear understanding of and willingness to follow the Constitution throws his hat into the ring, challenging the establishment!

Gohmert’s decision comes on the heels of a poll showing 25% of Republicans are willing to walk away from the party and not vote for the Republican candidate in 2016 unless the party makes big changes.

The election for Speaker will be held Tuesday at which time the candidate must obtain 218 votes to win. Gohmert is hopeful he can pick off 29 GOP House members to push the vote to a second round, and gain momentum.

After listening to Rep. Gohmert’s announcement, my excitement grew exponentially!

Unfortunately, my hope for change bubble was promptly burst after reading an article from posted by a friend on Facebook. In it, author Brian Schoeneman summarizes Tuesday’s vote for Speaker adding a caveat of which he assumes most Republicans are unaware.

…”what most people don’t realize or understand is that [Tuesday’s election is] all pro-forma. The real decisions, with real races and multiple candidates (in some cases), took place months earlier. These Conference elections were done in private, no outsiders, and the ballots were all secret. John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy, and Steve Scalise were all reelected without opposition.”

According to Schoeneman, “the elections for the House Republican Leadership were held on November 13… and included all of the new [House members], who were in town for orientation and these meetings.”

House Republicans held a presser on November 14th announcing the newly elected leadership team during which Speaker Boehner expresses his confidence saying,

“Americans have entrusted Republicans with the responsibility of leading both the House and Senate. We are humbled by this opportunity and take it seriously. I’m proud of our leadership team assembled here.”

With a straight face, Boehner adds,

”Together, our focus will continue to be listening to the people and making their priorities our priorities.”

After promising he would make the priorities of those who elected Republicans in November his priorities, Speaker Boehner promptly organized a vote with the outgoing members of Congress to fund the very programs the American people elected Republicans to stop.

So is Rep. Louie Gohmert making a real run for speaker, or playing politics as usual?

Schoeneman suggests those announcing their candidacy for Speaker are doing so to garner press coverage or campaign contributions.

I disagree.

I do not believe Gohmert is a politics as usual kind of guy.

I believe he is the kind of guy who was willing to be a team player, until his team switched uniforms and began playing against party members who helped usher in the historic mid-term election win for Republicans.

I believe Rep. Gohmert has had enough of a party who uses members aligned with the American people to win re-election, and promptly betrays both.

I believe a red line has been drawn by Gohmert, and not one drawn with the washable markers used by Obama.

I believe this is not a decision Rep. Gohmert enters into lightly, because although he does not play politics as usual, he understands the price he will pay for fighting the establishment, and losing.

I applaud Rep. Gohmert for standing up for #WeThePeople, but I am a realist and believe his chances of replacing Boehner as Speaker are slim. Unless #WeThePeople stand with Gohmert by contacting our representatives, relentlessly from now until Tuesday’s election for Speaker, I believe Gohmert will lose.

While Gohmert needs only 29 Republican members to push the vote to round two, Boehner, who is playing politics as usual remains unphased.

Boehner will turn to his team, #TeamEstalishment, and replace the votes of any GOP member brave enough to stand along side of Gohmert, on the side of #WeThePeople.

Where will you stand?

Wayne Dupree

Wayne Dupree is owner and founder of He was named to the 2017 Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans. He served in the USAF between 1987-1995. He saw time in Operation Desert Storm/Shield and is the father of three. He is the host of the Wayne Dupree Show.

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